The basics to getting started – Drifting!
So you have yourself a Nissan 240sx, Mazda rx7, or anything that is RWD and want to start drifting. As you will find out anywhere that drifting is by all means not a, “Poor Mans Sport.” It doesn’t take much to enjoy the sport or at least experience the feeling and rush you get. The actual cost getting started is simply buying the car itself. Although drifting a completely stock car is possible, you will have certain limitation on how well you do, and this is the reason I am writing this. I started drifting with a 1989 s13 Nissan 240sx and I still had a KA24e or, “single cam slam”. Drifting with a car with hardly any HP/TQ IS in fact possible and I highly recommend it for beginners. Drifting a low power car teaches you the basics of actually handling your car. The cool hop up stuff comes in a little later. Since this site is 240-sx related, I will base everything off of the S chassis Platform.
Basic Drifting Upgrades
Starting out “considering you already have purchased your 240sx” The differential on a 240sx is 9/10 an open differential. Meaning you have 1 wheel putting down the power to move the car. “Open Differential or LSD”, testing this is simple and you can find out really quick. Rev up your car and dump the clutch to begin a burn out. Have a friend, family member, or your local police officer watch the back wheels. If 1 wheel begins spinning and stays spinning while the other does nothing, congratulations you have an open differential. If both of your wheels spin then you have a rare case, and have a LSD differential. This can be a very common case, especially if the car has been drifted by a previous owner.